Playing with Events in the Cloud


One more video of a talk I gave at OW2Con 2012 about a research project I am working on since two years now called Play (and not the play framework…).

« The PLAY project develops an elastic and reliable architecture for dynamic and complex, event-driven interaction in large highly distributed and heterogeneous service systems.
Such an architecture will enable ubiquitous exchange of information between heterogeneous services, providing the possibilities to adapt and personalize their execution, resulting in the so-called situational-driven process adaptivity… »

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What’s new (and not new) with Petals ESB?


Here is the video of a quick talk I gave two weeks ago at OW2Con 2012 dealing with Petals Enterprise Service Bus.

He gives some background about what is Petals, how it can be used, why it is a distributed runtime, what is really new in the last version and finally what is planned in the next version.

I already spent many time explaining what we have in mind to push Petals in the cloud and this will be a reality in the next months as we are currently working on that exiting feature. More information soon, for real this time!

OW2Con2011 Videos are online


The videos of all the OW2Con2011 have been published to the OW2 Youtube channel. My talk about Petals BPM and The Cloud is also available.

You are right, I need to smile more, be less tired and have a demo of the BPM editor working on low resolution displays… BTW, the demo of the DSB Monitoring & Management console used to deploy and monitor BPEL process works.

Comparing comparable things


Last week at OW2Con, Talend CTO talked about their data and service integration solution. This sentence impressed me (almost this one, not sure it was so short):

We have more than 500 connectors!

Wow! Great, let’s have a look to that! What is a connector? In the Petals ESB context connectors are the bindings represented in the upper part of this well-known image

Petals ESB

Petals ESB

So, we have almost 8 connectors. Looks that we are poor… So let’s look in details what is a Talend connector: http://www.talendforge.org/components/.

Can you see that? A Talend component is almost an operation in a service, or let’s say that it is an input/output from a data source. So a service is not as generic as a Petals service but it is a specialized service i.e. we can also have tons of ‘components’ for Petals ESB, it just means that we have to provide configuration artifacts for all the services that we find: Salesforce, Amazon EC2, S3, all the databases in the world, etc, … Oh no, wait! Don’t you see the Talend component on the bottom of the figure just above? Yes we have a Talend connector so we have 500+ components in Petals ESB 🙂

No really, Talend guys really do an incredible work and their recent press releases are really impressive. Congrats!

 

Back From OW2Con 2011


I was in Paris last week for the OW2 annual conference and I gave a talk called « Petals BPM and the Cloud » during the Open Cloud Summit Session (wow what a name!). This talk was about showing that we have things running and ready to be published in the Cloud. As I said during my talk, difficulty is not to provide the SaaS layer, pushing a Web app to the Cloud is not so hard (and not so interesting). The interesting part is about building the PaaS layer. In the current case, the PaaS will provide « Integration as a Service », or how we can use Petals Service Bus, to provide ways to integrate, orchestrate, manage and monitoring business services.

My son is an open source fan

My son is an open source fan

So let’s go back on my talk, where I planned to show things working… Unfortunately, I was not able to show anything due to some low resolution problems and this was really a shame; next time I will prepare a video in case of something like that happens. I am going to record these videos this week to show that we have interesting things under development : We can create business processes with Petals BPM and deploy them on the service bus in order to execute and monitor the process itself in a distributed way.

While waiting these videos, here are the slides of my talk. There are sort of ‘zen’ slides so the talk I gave was really important to understand all… So come and see me next time, or just send me comments.

For the other parts of the conference, as usual, there were really interesting presentations and discussions around OW2, open source and Cloud. One fun thing which I learnt was that OW2-Jonas is used in MS Azure Cloud solution as support of J2EE apps (can I also inform that Microsoft was a big sponsor of OW2Con? Yes, really, they gave money for an open source conference, that’s fun). Well, there were so many interesting things and I can not list all here. But open source is really something companies should have a look if they do not did it already, they will be surprised to see how active and professional is the community behind it.